Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 29. Chapters: Biosphere reserves of Sri Lanka, Protected areas of Sri Lanka, World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka,MorePlease note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 29. Chapters: Biosphere reserves of Sri Lanka, Protected areas of Sri Lanka, World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka, Zoos in Sri Lanka, Kandy, Sigiriya, Anuradhapura, Galle, National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka, Bundala National Park, Polonnaruwa, World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka, Hakgala Strict Nature Reserve, Kanneliya-Dediyagala-Nakiyadeniya, Dambulla cave temple, Hurulu Forest Reserve, Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Central Highlands of Sri Lanka, Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, Department of Forest Conservation.
Excerpt: Kandy (Sinhala: Maha Nuvara, pronounced- Tamil: ka i, pronounced ) is a city in the center of Sri Lanka. It was the last capital of the ancient kings era of Sri Lanka. The city lies in the midst of hills in the Kandy plateau, which crosses an area of tropical plantations, mainly tea. Kandy is one of the most scenic cities in Sri Lanka- it is both an administrative and religious city.
It is the capital of the Central Province (which encompasses the districts of Kandy, Matale and Nuwara Eliya) and also of Kandy District. Kandy is the home of The Temple of the Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa) one of the most venerable places for the Buddhist community of Sri Lanka and all around the world. It was declared a world heritage by the UNESCO in 1988. The city and the region has been known by many different names and versions of those names. Some scholars suggest that the original name of Kandy was Katubulu Nuwara located near present Watapuluwa.
However the more popular historical name is Senkadagala or Senkadagalapura. According to folklore this name originated from one of the several possible sources. One being the city was named after a brahmin with the name Senkanda who lived in a cave near by, and another being a queen of Vikramabahu III was named Senkanda, and after a coloured stone named Senkadagala. The Kingdom ...